Now in its fifth year, The Music of Now Marathon, “a massive gathering of adventurous musicmakers”(Time Out New York) continues to be a destination for the newest sounds on the musical landscape. This year, join us for a sonic dream journey with an electrifying range of soloists and ensembles. Like the vivid dreams of REM sleep, Rapid Ear Movement explores varied musical scenarios, lucid–and irrational– interpretations, and unexpected and inexplicable events.
I’ll be performing at this year’s Music of Now Marathon where I’ll premiere a new song cycle “La Búsqueda (The Search)”. This new work is comprised of three new electro-acoustic songs that explore the mysterious disappearance of a girl in an unknown town. The amazing percussionist Shayna Dunkelman and my good friend multi-instrumentalist and folk musician Enrique Bayoán will join me on stage. This year’s line-up is truly unbelievable so come out on Saturday!
A few weeks ago I was very lucky to share the bill with Jóhann Jóhannsson at Le Poisson Rouge.
Now you can listen to both sets here thanks to Q2!
And here are some pictures from the event thanks Pop Matters!
I wrote a little something about my delayed instincts for janus trio’s new awesome composer-centric blog “mouth-piece”. Check it out here!
Tomorrow I sing with the amazing vocalist Kamala Sankaram my piece Mi Lumia (poem by Oliverio Girondo) at Opera on Tap’s upcoming show “New Brew Gets a Brazilian”. This piece was originally for three recorded voices but I made a special arrangement for two voices for us to sing tomorrow. It’s the first time I sing something that’s not a song. I’m nervous.
It’s been a very inspiring past couple of months working with brilliant young composers from New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers Program as well as Little Orchestra Society’s Musical Connections amazing students at Astoria’s PS 122. Things are finally winding own after a busy semester which means I have more time to write music (yay!).
It seems that most of my new songs (which will end up in various different projects) often start as solo songs in which I secretly suffer through the desolation of missing my amazing musicians (Matt, Shayna, Jonny, Evelyn, Insia, Andie, Phyllis, & José!) . This now seems to be a rite of passage for every new song. I write it, play it by myself and then my reward is arranging it for my favorite people to play along with me. You can hear some of these new songs being born this Saturday May 25th at 92YTribeca. I’m honored to share the program with three other sensational solo composers/performers Jennifer Stock, Florent Ghys & Lesley Flanigan.
The day after, my friends from TRANSIT will perform my piece “What I’m Trying To Say Is…” as part of their DoubleBill Festival at DiMenna Center. This piece holds a special place in my heart as it was the very first piece I wrote for a new music ensemble. Plus the musicians get to literally play with toy megaphones and a Speak & Spell!
Summer seems very promising so far: recording a Balún album, an Acopladitos album for the little cuties, putting together Peptalk’s live show, a collaboration with the amazing So Percussion, a performance of my music at the Bang on a Can Marathon and an unexpected trip to Caracas to work with students from El Sistema. More images, words and sounds coming soon!
I’m honored to be performing this Thursday March 14th a very special show at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. I’m performing three of my new songs joined by an exceptional group of musicians which includes Shayna Dunkelman (xylosynth), Jonny Rodgers (wine glasses), Jacqui Kerrod (harp) and José Olivares (live electronics).
The songs I’ll be playing explore the interaction between preceding, present and imminent instances in time by combining various pre-recorded layers of field recordings and found sounds with voices, toys, wine glasses, reeds, electronics and harp.
If you can’t join us for this but still want to see us perform the show will be webcast live and archived for future viewing here